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The reign of the phallus : sexual politics in ancient Athens

Author: Eva C Keuls
Publisher: New York : Harper & Row Publishers, [1985] ©1985
Series: Perennial Library, 1129.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"At once daring and authoritative, this book offers a profusely illustrated history of sexual politics in ancient Athens. This is the first book to draw together all the elements that made up the 'reign of the phallus'--the blatant claim by men to general dominance, its codification in law, the myths of rape and conquest of women, and the final result: reduction of sex to a game of dominance and submission, both of  Read more...
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Keuls, Eva C.
Reign of the phallus.
New York : Harper & Row, ©1985
(OCoLC)644118272
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eva C Keuls
ISBN: 0060153008 9780060153007 0060911298 9780060911294
OCLC Number: 11030893
Description: vi, 452 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Military expeditions, protest, lament, and scandal --
Attic mythology : barren goddesses male wombs, and the cult of rape --
The phallus and the box : the world seen in the shapes of human genitals --
Bearing children, watching the house --
Brides of death, in more ways than one --
The Athenian prostitute : a good buy in the Agora --
The whore with the golden heart, the happy hooker, and other fictions --
Two kinds of women : the spitting image of the female psyche --
The sex appeal of female toil --
Easier to live with than a wife : the concubine --
The boy beautiful : replacing women or replacing a son? --
Learning to be a man ; learning to be a woman --
Sex among the barbarians --
Classical tragedy : weaving men's dreams of sexual strife --
Sex antagonism and women's rituals --
Love, not war : protest in the arts and on the streets.
Series Title: Perennial Library, 1129.
Responsibility: Eva C. Keuls.

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"At once daring and authoritative, this book offers a profusely illustrated history of sexual politics in ancient Athens. This is the first book to draw together all the elements that made up the 'reign of the phallus'--the blatant claim by men to general dominance, its codification in law, the myths of rape and conquest of women, and the final result: reduction of sex to a game of dominance and submission, both of women by men and of men by men. In her elegant and lucid text Eva Keuls not only examines the ideology and practices that underlay this supremist social order but also uncovers an intense countermovement that found expression on the stage, in public debate, and in the streets."--Publisher description.

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